General Peter Pace retired from active duty on October 1, 2007, after more than 40 years of service in the United States Marine Corps.
Pace was sworn in as sixteenth Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Sep. 30, 2005. In this capacity, he served as the principal military advisor to the President, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council. Prior to becoming chairman, he served as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Pace holds the distinction of being the first Marine to have served in either of these positions.
Born in Brooklyn and raised in Teaneck, NJ, Pace was commissioned in June 1967, following graduation from the United States Naval Academy. He holds a master's degree in business administration from George Washington University, attended the Harvard University Senior Executives in National and International Security program and graduated from the National War College.
During his distinguished career, Pace has held command at virtually every level, beginning as a rifle platoon leader in Vietnam. He also served as commanding officer of 2nd battalion, 1st marine regiment; commanding officer of the marine barracks in Washington, D.C.; deputy commander, Marine Forces Somalia; deputy commander, Joint Task Force Somalia; director of operations for the Joint Staff; commander, U.S., Marine Forces Atlantic/Europe/South; and commander in chief, US Southern Command.
In June, 2008, Pace was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor a president can bestow.
Pace is currently serving on the board of directors of several corporate entities involved in management consulting, private equity and IT security. He served on the Presidents Intelligence Advisory Board and on the Secretary of Defenses Defense Policy Board. Pace served as leader-in-residence and the poling chair of business and government, for the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University. He is a distinguished visiting research scholar for Fordham University and an adjunct faculty member of Georgetown University. Pace also became chair of the board of trustees for the Naval Institute Foundation on January 31, 2017.
Pace is associated with a number of charities focused on supporting the troops and their families, to include: He is chairman of the board for Wall Street Warfighters Foundation, an organization that provides training support and job placement services for disabled veterans interested in careers in the financial services industry. He is a long-standing member of the board of directors for the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundationa charity that provides scholarship bonds to children of Marines or Federal law enforcement personnel who were killed while serving our country. He is a member of the USO World Board of Governors and serves on the advisory board for Snowball Express, a charity focused on providing positive activities for children of our fallen military members. He and his wife Lynne are on the advisory board for Our Military Kids, an organization that supports children of deployed Guard and Reserve personnel with tutoring and enrichment activities.
Pace and his wife, Lynne, have a son, Peter; a daughter, Tiffany; a daughter-in-law, Lynsey Olczak Pace and two granddaughters, Linden Elyse and Hadley Rae.
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